Donald Trump’s ambivalence over the one-state or two-state solution is a supremely clarifying moment. Both Israelis and Palestinians must now define what it really wants to fight for: a fortress for their tribe alone, or a shared homeland ensuring rights and dignity for all.
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Yakov Rabkin travels to Iran where he meets with local Jews. He writes, “One should not idealize the life of Jews in Iran who have had their share of challenges. But their life stands in contrast to a well-oiled campaign to besmirch the history of Jewish-Muslim relations in order to suit a political agenda, the agenda of those who argue that there is no safe place for Jews except Israel.”
When Netanyahu embraced Trump, he exemplified the collusion between Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism. In fact, it is now clear that the Israeli government cannot protect- and does not represent liberal Jews who wish to live in peace within diverse communities around the world, or within Israel itself.
Donald Trump’s seismic departure from decades of stated U.S. intentions in Palestine and Israel naturally begs the question: if not a two-state solution, then what kind of solution does he envision?
A new poll finds that 46 percent of Canadians, including a majority of those who support every party but the Conservatives, hold a negative view of Israel. The Canadian government is seen to have a pro-Israel bias by 61 percent of respondents, while 91 percent do not think criticism of Israeli government policy is necessarily anti-semitic. These results suggest that Canada’s big political parties are out of step with Canadians on these issues.
Israeli academic Yehouda Shenhav reflects on his latest book, a translation of Arabic literature into Hebrew, in hopes of exposes Israelis to the culture of Palestinians and Arabs, after politics, academic research, and non-fiction has failed to do so.
In an incident caught on video yesterday, a group of Israeli settlers rode a red ATV into a densely populated Palestinian area in the West Bank city of Hebron to taunt and threaten locals. “If war breaks out the Jews will come here and evict and kill you all,” one settler yells.
“Every time someone says– and people say it all the time, I get it on twitter all the time– ‘There’s no such thing as a Palestinian,’ or ‘There was nobody there when the Zionists arrived’– these are genocidal statements,” Ben Ehrenreich says at Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to meet United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May was not met with the uproar that Donald Trump’s planned state visit has already caused with UK-wide protests and a petition signed by over 1.8 million people, “but the popular resistance against Trump is increasing awareness of Palestine,” says chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Hugh Lanning.
In Trump’s world where money talks, poor Yemenis are banned from entering the United States (and are killed back home) and Syrians fleeing violence are portrayed as terrorists, while Saudi princes who cling to power by torturing and beheading dissidents get safe passage to their luxury digs in Manhattan’s Trump Towers.
Longtime White House mediator Dennis Ross wants to restore “a sense of belief, which has been lost,” in two state solution. But his and David Makovsky’s proposal would authorize Israeli seizure of East Jerusalem and end any possibility of Palestinian state.
The Quebec mosque shooter who killed 6 Muslim worshipers appears to be a white-nationalist, with anti-Muslim and anti-immigration beliefs. He was also pro-Zionist. The media ought to mention the sympathy, because it is relevant to reaching an understanding of such actions.
What the mainstream press leaves out: January 8 killings of four soldiers in Jerusalem were likely result of a young Palestinian man losing all hope as well as the ability to cope in an increasingly oppressive situation, targeting the people who have made his life a misery, writes Alice Rothchild.
Two years of Saudi-led coalition bombing of Yemen has culminated in a situation in which 18.8 million people are now in need of some form of humanitarian aid. Britain and the U.S. are implicated in Saudi war crimes, but the western press has largely ignored the atrocities.
The Stop the Wall movement in Palestine began a dozen years ago and has transformed the international struggle: bringing people together based on human rights to end the occupation, end racial discrimination towards Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, and to support the right of return for refugees.
MIT President Rafael Reif meets with rightwing pro-settlements Israeli leader Naftali Bennett even as Bennett seeks annexation of West Bank colonies and UN Security Council condemns settlements as flagrant violation of int’l law
“I understood, firsthand, what it means to hold the monopoly of violence,” Maya Avis says of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians living in umm al-Hiran village in the Negev last week. What does it say when the only witnesses who count are Ashkenazi Jews?
Tamam Abusalama writes, “I have been looking for a home since I came to this world for almost 23 years. I know that this is the destiny of each Palestinian. To be honest, returning back to our origin village is a dream that we, Palestinians, are going to keep fighting for. Knowing what “home” feels like is also a dream.”
Since the end of World War 2, the United States has attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of them democratically-elected. And other sharp observations from a great wit of the left, William Blum.
Eve Spangler just returned from a yearly human rights delegation to Israel/Palestine and says the best description of the emerging situation is this: a perfect storm is coming. All the most destructive forces are aligning to produce (possibly violent) change and uncertainty early in the Trump administration. She says younger Palestinians are beginning to prepare themselves for the civil rights struggle to come when Israel annexes the West Bank.
Current theater critic and Fox News commentator Judith Miller is undoubtedly best known for her fact-free reporting on Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” for the New York Times that helped create the pretext for the 2003 war in Iraq. So it was rather odd yesterday when Miller criticized President Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning by wondering, “How many people died because of Manning’s leak?” The quick answer is none, but the internet wasn’t going to let Miller off that easy.
Al Jazeera’s four-part series on the Israel lobby’s actions in Britain shows the primary function of the Labour Friends of Israel and other groups with the Israeli embassy is to smear Palestinians and their supporters with charges of anti Semitism, and thereby control the limits of public opinion about the Jewish state.